Why I Write These:
These are written in honor of my grandfather, Leon Milton Buttermore, who has a memory that I am envious of, and I hope that by doing this I am able to be the kind of man who starts to treasure the things given him.
Godly thought of the day:
Ephesians 1:18 says: “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.”
To think! That our hope is that we are his inheritance! That his inheritance is rich because of his people, us! That’s awesome. We can have hope because one who has an inheritance shows up to claim it. We’re what he’s going to claim some day. Let us be prepared for that. Oh my heart, let my eyes open up and see what is mine because of what is his! Yay! That’s so exciting!
Favorite meeting of the day:
Dale Wright’s funeral was today and it was very encouraging. The man just knew Scripture. Between his and Shiley Lassee’s funeral, I see so obviously what the testimony of great saints is. It is the ones who fall on his word hard, desperately, feverishly, and fervently. Those are the ones who pass away and people say, “There goes a great one. We don’t see their like every day.”
Oh my heart, be pierced! May I be able to be like a great oak like these saints. I don’t know what kind of church I ended up at where I’m following in the footsteps of people like this, but I also know I never want any other type of believer to be my benchmark. Dale was great. Jimmy Burns and Mike Lawrence did great remembrances of him. I was very blessed to be there and see him.
Hardest part of my day:
Wifi was really spotty at the UBC office today when I was trying to work out of the intern office. I was bummed out by that. Other than that, I felt like I was starting to be productive.
I think I’ve realized that each day I need to make a task list of essential things to get done. That both makes things concrete, but it also allows me to see whether I was actually productive or not, rather than just kind of guessing. I will try to get more organized in my work. Something needs to change at work, so this is a good place to start.
Favorite moment of the day:
Taught the youth today and I intentionally left the lesson a bit… hmmm… we’ll call it unprepared. That’s not quite fair. But I am trying to remember that the Holy Spirit is not the great teacher, not myself. And I think I have firmly seen that tonight. I was getting really excited by my lesson. I hope the youth similarly enjoyed it! We have the faith delivered once for all time to all the saints (Jude 1:6) and we don’t have to worry about whether or not we’re going to miss out on that. Oooh. Man, the faith is so exciting!
What was the weather like today?:
Rainy. But I have been loving rain lately. Acts 14:17 talks about the rain as testimony of God shown to all people. When you put it like that, it’s kind of hard to not be a bit excited by the rain, is it not? The Bible is just so rich of application both big and small. It can even turn a rainy day into a sunny lesson.
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
Felt that today was a good day. Maybe I’m up a bit later than I should be? I did watch a few YouTube videos tonight, and sometimes I think I shouldn’t watch as many as I do. I went a bit past the time I set (not much, but still) so I’ll go ahead and say there was a small lack of discipline in my evening there.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 22
Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp – No reading for this today.
Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today.
Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch – No reading for this today.
No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? by David F. Wells – No reading for this today.
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.
What was for dinner?:
TBell for 5-layer burritos. I’m out of groceries. I need to get out and get some of those so I can make some meals!
Song of the day:
Stolen by Jason Gray – An album Sarah likes. I was listening to it and this song did stick out. He said a line that said, “If my heart hadn’t been broken, then my hands wouldn’t have been open, then my heart wouldn’t have been stolen.”
That sounds like my journey. I finally broke myself a few years back. I mean, just wrecked myself. Took the car and finally drove it so far into the ditch and rammed into a tree and found myself mortally wounded. Blood in the face. The engine on fire. Trapped by a metal cage of death waiting to explode. I was dead. I was gone. I was done for. I saw it for the first time. And those jaws of life came ripping into the car and the best first responder you could ever hope to find came crashing into the car with me and pulled me out while I was too weak to do anything for myself. By all rights, I should be dead. Instead, he just broke my heart so he could steal it. This song captures a lot of how I feel about that.
Quote of the day:
“He’s just something that shouldn’t exist in society. A mechanic who had the greatest library ever seen.” — Andrew Nunn
This was in reference to Dale. A simple man who owned a body and paint shop. He’s the kind of guy you’d think is a redneck you could write off. But he graduated from the Moody Bible Institue by studying online and had books on books on books. I mean, he is an anomaly. He’s a perfect emobdiment of the oddities our faith creates. It creates things that shouldn’t exist, but in Christ do. Wow! Just an encouraging day to see the faith so real and vivid and alive in the world around me. I’m in awe of God today!
Prayer of the day:
Lord, I am in awe of you. Help me to keep seeing you. Help me heart to remain enlightened to my hope. Help me to realize your testimonies to you in the rain, in your people who are societal oddities, in the fact that your Holy Spirit gives great lessons when the truth of your Scripture is expounded is reasons upon reasons for praise! Lord, I don’t say this enough, but I love you! May my heart and mind and soul and strength embody that love for you in all things.